As Luke Skywalker’s learns about no-space, the Star Wars mythos is forever altered.
Luke Skywalker’s has brought No-Space into the Imperial Era, opening up a box of new possibilities for the Star Wars world.
In the Star Wars galaxy, there have been advanced interplanetary civilizations for more than 30,000 years. Despite this, there are still unknown regions of the galaxy, unanswered questions, and solutions that have been lost to the passage of time. Recently, one of these obscure worlds—No-Space, a lost region of the galaxy—was discovered by Luke Skywalker’s
Luke Skywalker’s landing in No-Space serves as a reminder that there are secrets in the galaxy that have the potential to radically alter the character of Star Wars. Many of the galaxy’s accepted norms are broken by No-Space, and its existence has larger ramifications for the future.
No-Space is a Suspicious Place
No-Space is initially encountered by Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and the other Rebel heroes in Star Wars (2020) #30 by Charles Soule and Andrés Genolet, but it has existed at least since the High Republic Era. Typically, only ships with Path engines, a type of specialised hyperdrive that enables a ship to employ pathways and reach places beyond the range of a conventional hyperdrive, may traverse No-Space. The Nihil, a raiding group who tormented the galaxy for two centuries until being vanquished by the Jedi, had formerly called No-Space home.
It has been shown, however, that despite the Nihil’s fall and the knowledge of their Path engine technology being lost in the following ages, visitors have nevertheless been drawn into No-Space. The Rebel Alliance was in dire need of fuel, so Amilyn Holdo searched for the Kezerat Convoy, a group of gasoline-laden tankers that suddenly disappeared after the Great Hyperspace Disaster.
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This is what drove the rebels to No-Space. Since then, the convoy has been stranded in No-Space together with other errant passengers from the last 200 years. They’re not the only ones, even if the convoy appears to have evolved into a sort of mobile community in No-Space.
There were still people in No-Space.
When Luke Skywalker’s first enters No-Space, he notices something unsettling: there doesn’t seem to be any life there, and the Force feels “remote.” In The High Republic (2021) by Cavan Scott and Ario Anindito, the crew lands and explores the ruin-strewn rock that formerly housed the Nihil’s Great Hall, and Luke continues to sense “ripples” in the far-off Force that are impairing his ability to draw upon it.
A force of lightsaber-resistant “Killdroids” resides among the ruins of the Nihil base, which presents another challenge for a Jedi in No-Space. Given the Nihil’s long-standing animosity for the Jedi, it seems fitting that the remains of their headquarters are inhabited by droids strong enough to resist their arch-signature enemy’s weapon.
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However, the Nihil did not use the Killdroids at any time during the Battle For No-Space in The High Republic #13–14 when the Jedi defeated them and took control of their base. The Killdroids are either unintentionally combing the ruins for some unexplained reason, they were accidentally brought here by misfortune, or the Nihil retreated to No-Space and built the droids for a future fight that never materialised.
No-Space serves as a stark reminder of just how much is still “unknown” in Star Wars. No-Space might not be a special “pocket” accessible by the Path engines, and theoretically anybody might be sucked into it through a hyperspace mishap: had Jek Porkins’ hyperdrive broken down as he was shot down above the Death Star, for example. Beyond No-Space, formerly significant portions of the galaxy that have been lost to time could once more be uncovered in subsequent eras.
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There are still unexplored expanses of space, including those from the Sith Empires, the Infinite Empire, and other lost civilizations, waiting to be (re)discovered. No-Space is an intriguing idea, but unhappily Luke Skywalker and his comrades did not have much time to investigate it. Hopefully, additional information about this mystery “new” piece of Star Wars mythology will be revealed as the issue concludes with them still trapped in No-Space.